Levy lays waste to Claremont budget

Councillors last week accepted the Town’s draft budget, which also includes $2.25 million in capital works and a $21,811 closing surplus.

There is $30,000 for improvements to the Gugerie and Loch streets and Railway Road intersection, $16,800 for a trial nib and signage at Cliff Way, $113,261 towards Lake Claremont works, and Bay View Terrace and Swanbourne will get $30,000 each worth of Christmas lights.

The cost of requesting for a place to be delisted from the Schedule of Historic and Other Buildings and Places will increase from $350 to $2000 when a full assessment has not been completed within the past two years.

Ratepayer Shannon O’Rourke, who owns a place on the register, questioned the increase. Planning and development executive manager David Vinicombe said the rise reflected the true cost of completing the request.

Cr Haynes failed to get $20,000 added for a club development officer but had $50,000 for shade sails on First Avenue deleted.